Several years ago now, I was part of a virtual quilting bee. There were 13 of us, and each of us had a month assigned to us. My month was towards the end of the cycle, in December 2010. I mailed fabric to each participant, and she was to make 2 quilt blocks for me that met my specifications.
I specified that each person should make blocks with a large star centered in it. I didn't want to limit creativity too much (because that is the fun part of a bee), but I wanted something that would look cohesive. I also said that I didn't care exactly how big the square was, anywhere from 8" square to 12" square was fine. Once I got the blocks I added fabric strips around them to square them all up to 15" square. This took a while, so my quilt was on the back burner for a long time.
Here is a gallery of the ones I got from others. I made a few blocks here and there to supplement the ones I received.
Over the summer, I made some assessments of what I still needed to make a queen-sized quilt. I worked on it a little more, and then set it aside again.
A few days ago, I decided to pull out those blocks again. I think this is the year I will finish this quilt! I remembered making notes, and went looking for them. I couldn't find them.
Oh, well. I made a new star block.
I decided to start counting the blocks I had and re-calculate what I needed, when I did find my note. Thank you, Kristy of 6 months ago, I appreciate that note a lot.
So I have one more star block to make, and then I have to add strips to the outside of 4 more. (It was 5 but I did one since then.) I'm really getting close now!